Hey, times are tough all over. Our company's raise and bonus pool is really down. We're sorry, but the only thing we can offer you is a 562 percent raise.
That's what the Panthers did for QB Matt Moore Wednesday. He made $460,000 last season and just got tendered a one-year, $3.043 million offer for 2010, which works out to a staggering 562 percent raise. Not 5.62 percent, but 562 percent. Moore said he was "thrilled," and that's no big surprise to you, I'm sure.
That also means no other team is going to touch Moore, because they'd have to give up a first- and third-round draft pick as compensation to do so. This "maximum tender" offer from the Panthers finally gives us an indication that Carolina really does value Moore and will give him a legit chance to start in 2010, despite coach John Fox's longtime love of Jake Delhomme. (UPDATE: The Panthers released Delhomme unexpectedly the day after signing Moore, so I guess they don't love him that much anymore!)
The Panthers put their money where their mouth is on this one, as well they should. To me, the starting job should be Moore's to lose when he comes into Spartanburg for training camp this summer -- you just can't argue with a 4-1 record as a starter and an 8/1 TD/interception ratio during those starts.
So this was a good move by the Panthers and added a little football spice to a week that basketball will otherwise dominate -- here's my column on how much great hoops is going to go on in the Queen City this weekend.